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Red Wings prospects Givani Smith and Dennis Cholowski invited to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Camp

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PLYMOUTH, Mich — The Red Wings will be well-represented in this years World Junior Camp.

Forward Givani Smith and defenseman Dennis Cholowski, both picks in the 2016 NHL Draft, have been invited to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Camp, according to Hockey Canada.

Cholowski, 19, was selected by the Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Draft after trading with the Arizona Coyotes for Pavel Datsyuk’s contract. Cholowski posted 12 points (1-11-12) in his freshman year with St. Cloud State. The Wings drafted him at 20th overall.

Some thoughts on Cholowski via Future Considerations:

He consistently breaks up plays with great stick positioning and makes it difficult for players to generate offense by constantly pestering puck carriers. His anticipation is seen at both ends of the rink as he quickly steps in front of lanes to thwart attacks, and also quickly identified transitional opportunities to jump start his team’s offensive attack. Cholowski shows great vision through the middle of the ice and is a constant threat to expose mistakes with his quick identification of developing opportunities.

Smith, also 19, was one of two second round picks in 2016. He scored 19 goals and 18 assists with the OHL’s Guelph Storm in the 2016-2017 season. Here is a brief breakdown of Smith, according to Future Considerations:

Smith is a real strong winger who plays a heavy game and will flex his muscle to intimidate opponents into moving the puck if needed. He finishes his checks and is a force on the forecheck. Smith uses his size to his advantage, protecting the puck along the wall, swiveling his hips to keep control and adjust his protection as needed.


Team Canada’s visit will begin July 29th and go through August 5th — both Team Canada and Team USA will play three times.